Yesterday I was involved in an altercation with a new resident to the share house I’ve been living in for over a year. They’ve only been here a few days, and they’ve been really problematic. If they haven’t been involved in illegal activity (unclear) they have at least been disruptive and intimidating to the point of being almost impossible to live with. And this is within less than five days of moving in.
So I got stroppy with one of their friends who keeps wandering around, and, after advice from the landlord, demanded she leave the house so I could lock the front door. I overreacted, and also demanded another woman to leave but she was a resident, and I had no right to say that. At no point did I lay a finger on them physically, it was just my usual grouchy insistence and swearing.
The co-resident, boyfriend of the aforementioned female resident, an intimidating muscled fellow who, it turns out, has just recently gotten out of prison, sees me gesturing and effing and blinding, and rushes in to punch me twice in the face. I go down, mostly in shock (the injuries are just a bruised lip). After a lot of angry shouting while I lay on the floor, I hid in my room and called the Police while he and the others left.
The Police did not come around, they said they were too busy and instead, as I was no longer under threat, I should make a statement the next day, today. I went to a Doc and got a record of the injuries, and have discussed it a lot with the landlord.
The tough guy resident has just come in and threatened me if I go to the Police and lay charges. He actually said he’d snap my spine, because due to his past he’d go back to jail immediately, and he doesn’t want that. He also says the aforementioned girlfriend is pregnant. No evidence to support that, though. Just an additional sympathy card. He apologised, I shook his hand, and she was also contrite and had tears in her eyes.
What should I do?
I am inclined to go to the Police anyway (appointment less than two hours from now), just to keep a record of the incident if not to press charges. Eviction would also be easier with that record being made.
Should I press charges?